una·​nim·​i·​ty | \ ˌyü-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce unanimity (audio) \

Definition of unanimity

: the quality or state of being unanimous

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Examples of unanimity in a Sentence

in a rare moment of unanimity the club members decided to throw a party for themselves
Recent Examples on the Web While Democrats were initially near unanimity in their enthusiasm for impeachment and conviction, in light of the strong GOP opposition to a trial proceeding, at least some senators are open to pursuing censure as an alternative. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Kevin McCarthy to meet with Trump in Florida: Report," 27 Jan. 2021 But more than a few institutionalist Democratic senators aren’t yet on board with scrapping the filibuster, and there would have to be unanimity among them to pull it off in a 50-50 Senate. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Mitch McConnell Is Killing the Filibuster," 23 Jan. 2021 There is near unanimity among scientists about the effects of climate change. Star Tribune, "Biden is about to fulfill a promise on climate change," 19 Jan. 2021 The near unanimity came despite riot sometimes being a loaded term, and a subject of debate for how it was applied last summer to unrest following George Floyd's death and Black Lives Matter protests. David Bauder, ajc, "Riot? Insurrection? Words matter in describing Capitol siege," 14 Jan. 2021 The spending package in its current form can’t be passed without unanimity among the bloc’s 27 members. Marek Strzelecki, Bloomberg.com, "Optimism on EU Budget Deal Clouded by Hungarian, Polish Demands," 8 Dec. 2020 The court’s apparent unanimity created a contrast with the 2000 Bush v. Gore ruling, a 5-4 decision that sealed Republican George W. Bush’s election and stopped recounts that might have swung the pivotal state of Florida to Democrat Al Gore. Greg Stohr, Bloomberg.com, "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Bid to Overturn Trump’s Loss," 11 Dec. 2020 Justice Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, from the court’s liberal wing, agreed that if jury unanimity didn’t qualify, nothing probably did. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "U.S. Supreme Court debates Louisiana split-jury law's impact as it weighs applying it retroactively," 2 Dec. 2020 But the requirement for unanimity on allowing debt issuance to fund the EU’s budget payments gave the two holdouts a chance to block the entire package all the same. Nikos Chrysoloras, Bloomberg.com, "Hungary, Poland Block EU Debt Plan, Delaying Recovery Fund," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unanimity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2021

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“Unanimity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanimity. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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